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January Tip

Most people's New Year Resolution is to eat right or exercise more this year. What about your pet? Are they needing more excercise or better nutrition?

My solution for both of you is to exercise and go on a better nutritional diet together. Why not? It benefits both of you. Let your pet motivate you.

Obesity in pets is an enormous problem and it is estimated that 30 to 50 percent of dogs in developed countries are overweight or obese. Pet obesity can cause damage to joints, bones and ligaments, lead to diabetes and heart disease, shortness of breath, increased risk of cancer, poor immune function and decreased quality and length of life. Sound familar?  I bet your doctor has been telling you the same thing.

The most common cause of obesity in pets is overfeeding. Many pet owners simply feed their pets too much food, the wrong kind of food for the pet's lifestyle, too many high calorie treats or they don't exercise their pet enough for the amount of food they are feeding. Basically, pets become overweight for the very same reasons as people do and being overweight or obese is just as unhealthy for pets as it is for people. I bet you heard this from your doctor for years.

If your pet is overweight or obese start by evaluating your pet's food. Are you feeding your pet the right type of food? Does your pet get enough exercise for the amount of food you are feeding them? Once you’ve decided you are feeding your pet the right food you should ensure you are feeding the right amount. The amount recommended on pet food labels by some companies are very general and can be overly generous. We have plenty of different food to choose from that is healthy. 
 
Are you feeding your pet too many high calorie snacks throughout the day? Your pet can still have snacks but try healthy, low calorie snacks instead. We have plenty of weight control snacks for your pet. Come in and take a look at all the different choices you have for your pet.

It is time to take charge of your health and your pets today. We have started an exercise regimen for the both of you. Call us on the details!  If you have any ideas for us, please let us know.  We welcome comments. 719-539-7777